Pintester Movement 2.0

Hey Beauty Babes! The Pintester has once again challenged her Pintestes (he he) to try and do some of the many pins out there that we have been putting off.

Last time, we had to recreate one of hers. This time, its all on us – we have to go out and pick a pin to do. The success of my previous manicure attempt prompted me to go out and find a new nail art to do, and this is what I stumbled on:

http://www.kelsiesnailfiles.com/search?updated-max=2012-08-31T15:38:00-02:30&max-results=4

Super Mario Mushroom Nail Art!

I’m a bit of a geek, so I thought this would be awesome to attempt. Heres how it went (hey that rhymes! Totally not intentional though).

Also, i’m pretty lazy, so instead of going out and buying 5 different colours (like the original pin has), I decided just to use whatever I had in my nail box – I still have 5 different colours but 4 of them are no name cheapies, and the last one is clearly a “magic” mushroom as I used of my new Pretty Cosmetics nail polishes (Nightmaren I do believe).

Armed with absolutely no instructions, and no proper dotting tool, here is what I came up with

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So sexy, is it not?

I think its pretty obvious what I did.  You apply a couple of layers of each nail polish to ensure its completely opaque. Allow this to dry completely (super important). Next, get your white nail polish and create a thick french tip.

Using to the top of a pin that has a casing (if that makes sense at all), dip it into the white nail polish and make a couple of large dots. I used a bobby pin to make the smaller dots. For the black lines/eyes – I removed the protective plastic tip from a bobby pin, and used the flat shape to create a thin-ish line.

You should probably use some sort of a top coat but mine as disappeared (along with my normal red nail polish I was hoping to use).

And you are done!

That’s it for this Pintester Movement – If you are a visitor from the Pintester website…Hi :). Also, please feel free to look around my blog and check out the rest of my posts.

Mushroom Nail art? NAILED IT! 

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Review – Pretty Serious Cosmetics Nail Polish

Pretty Serious Cosmetics – Nail Polish

$9.95 each

Beserk Cothing or direct from Pretty Serious

Hey Beauty Babes, today I have a review of some pretty awesome nail polishes for you.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics is an Australia brand that makes Nail Polishes, some loose pigments and lip glosses. They don’t sell “seasonal” or “on-trend” colours, just whatever they feel like, and with some pretty awesome names. Their products are vegan and cruelty free.

I’ve got 5 colours to review today out of their VERY extensive range. As always, I’ve purchased these myself, and intend to buy a whooole lot more.

88MPH

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You’re about to see some serious shit! 88mph is our tribute to the Delorean from Back to the Future. It is a metallic foil mixed with gold, copper and silver with a touch of holographic, time ripping sparks. Great Scott!

This is a pretty spectacular colour. It is jam packed full of glitter – some of it microfine, others much larger – which makes for an interesting texture. This really comes alive with 2-3 coats. One coat would look great over a darker base.

Atomic Brain

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Harness the atomic power of this amazing purple foil multichrome! Experience the wonder of plum, gold, pink and purple dancing on your nails all at once! Resist the urge to transplant your brain into the body of your sexy foreign housekeeper!

Again, awesome colour. This also only needs 2-3 coats. Filled with microfine glitter, the shimmer is amazing – it almost looks holographic in the bottle. I do feel like this needs maybe a green shift to it as well, but I’m sure they already have one that does.

BSOD (Blue Screen of Death)

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oops…forgot to have the brand name facing forward!

All your friends will stop and stare at this beautiful blue jelly packed to bursting with blue glitter. Don’t make the critical error of passing this one up!

Disclaimer: Any instance of Blue Screen of Death while purchasing this product is a complete coincidence. Quite possibly the coolest coincidence ever, but still a coincidence.

So….many…puns! I work in I.T. so I couldn’t go past this one. The picture doesn’t capture the true amazing-ness of this. In just 2-3 coats you have a beautiful blue filled with microfine glitter that sparkles so brightly. Unfortunately, this doesn’t actually match the true colour of a BSOD (trust me, I know). I think this might be one of my favourites.

Cybernetic

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In the year 2165, a cybernetic nail polish goes back in time to 2013 with a mission to assimilate the nails of all the ladies into the Pretty Serious network with it’s advanced nanotech. Will you fight assimilation? Do you want to?

I would say that this is like a party on you nails – but they already have one of those! This is a purple-ish blue with blue, purple and green glitter. This is somewhere between the microfine glitter of BSOD and the chunky glitter of 88MPH. One of my favourites, even though it takes closer to 4 coats to achieve true opaqueness. Try a think layer over black for a different look.

Nightmaren

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There is a Ying to every Yang, and a Nightmaren to every Nightopian. This glowing, warm golden red giggles fiendishly though the night. Will you give in to it?

This is a gorgeous metallic red with microfine gold shimmer to it. This is the easiest colour to work with (and honestly, probably is easiest to get away with wearing) with only 1-2 coats needed, if that. Even though it’s not technically “seasonal”, this would work great leading up to Christmas.

It’s hard to pick a favourite out of all of them, as they are so freaking sweet. So I’m not. This may just be my new favourite brand of nail-polish, and reasonably priced for something that could be consider an “alt” brand. The Pretty Serious website includes collections of 5 nail polishes for less than it costs to purchase all 5 individually.

I would recommend using a top coat for these, as like most glitter nail polishes they do chip earlier than I would like (or is that just me? I have terrible luck with nail polish chipping)

So which of these is you favourite? Have you tried Pretty Serious before? Comment Below.

Beauty Box Review – Lust Have It August 2013

Beauty Box Review – August 2013

Lust Have It

$19 a month.

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Hey beauty Babes.

This is the last of the beauty box subscriptions for this month. Lust Have it chose “Celebration” as their theme for August. I never think that the themes that are decided on ever seem to match up to the products but meh, as long as I get goodies I don’t mind.

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator

Received Full size 30ml/ $29.95.

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator is a lightweight liquid illuminator that works to instantly brighten skin. Designed to enhance skins natural radience, it boost natural illuminosity. minimised flaws, enhances skin with a hint of sheer colour and protects the skin from harsh enviroments.

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Apart from the terribly written description (“illuminosity”? seriously?), this does pretty much what is says. Its pretty light weight and gives your skin such a nice shimmer and LUMINOSITY. However I have to admit I have no idea how to actually use this on my face.

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I appreciate the full size, so it’s a keeper. I’m on the fence about this one until someone tells me how to use it properly.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Full Size 30ml / $29.95, unknown sample size.

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So light, it melts right in, working in harmony with your skins unique texture for an even, fresh, flawless finish. Vitamin and antioxidant-packed to pump up your natural glow. Available in 23 true-to-tone shades.

Ok so out of the four shades that were provided, NONE of them matched me – at least there wasn’t enough of a sample to really tell, What little I was able to use did look nice, plus my current foundation is about to run out and I am looking to get a new one for summer. From what I can tell, this is a good foundation – I just need to find the right shade for me.

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo

Full size 300ml/$28.95, Sample size 12ml $1.10

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Create unlimited style transformations with hot tools. Styles last until the next wash. The freeshape shampoo increased manageability and pliability for preparation for heat styling.

I’m sure I have mentioned this before, but I don’t heat style my hair. I went through a stage when I was 18 where my hair had to be completely stick straight, and now I’m kinda over-it. I just let my hair do it’s own thing. So I didn’t actually try this product, mostly because I have only just washed my hair and I didn’t want to ruin it with a product I am not 100% sure of, and also I probably wouldn’t buy this anyway as it doesn’t suit my current needs. I’m not saying anything bad about it, just that I don’t need it.

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

Full size 200ml/ $ 31.95, Sample size 30ml / $5

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KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray offers a flexible shaping and elastic hold allowing style to last until the next wash. It gives unlimited heat styling without damage.

As I said above, I don’t heat style my hair – BUT this might be handy in case I need to do my hair for a special occasion, So while I probably won’t be buying this in the full size (although if I do, I’ll be sure to let you guys know), I’ll keep the sample handy.

Sinful Colours Nail Enamel.

Received Full Size 15ml/ $4.95

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Sinful Colours nail enamel has a long wearing, chip- resistant, professional formula and is available in 59 runway inspired shades. Shades range from cream and metallic, to shimmer, glitter and matte. Sinful Colours vivid shades inspire and complement any outfit.

I LOVE Sinful Colours – you guys already know that. I love that it is so budget friendly, while still being a really great product. And it was awesome of them to provide a full size product. Downside? It’s pink – which wouldn’t bother most people but as you can tell by now I’m really not a pink person. That said, it’s not that bad of a pink.

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It’s pretty wearable without being too over the top. I will be sure to buy MANY Sinful Colours nailpolishes in the future (I need to expand my collection of colours – I have like 15 blacks and not much else).

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Full size 45g / $74.95. Sample Size 10g/ $16

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A protective, vitamin filled, softening moisturiser formulated with best ingredients have been used for this light, bright cream.

WHY do companies insist on sending me expensive moisturisers that I am bound to fall in love with. I already love Lush, and this moisturiser is clearly better than some of the cheaper ones I have tried in the past.

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It’s not too thick so it soaks into the skin easily. I have been using this as my night cream (my day cream has SPF in it), and I have noticed a difference. I’m going to have to save up and buy this!

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water

Full Size 300ml/ $21.95, Sample size 50ml/ $4

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La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes sensitive skin irritated by outside factors (sun, dermatological treatments etc) and helps prevent skin ageing. It is also a natural antioxidant.

This is one of those situations where I never realised I needed something until I tried it. Guys, I NEED THIS. My toner has been really irritating my skin lately – one spritz of this and my skin was soothed. This has at least 10 uses (at least according to the card that came with it), and it’s going to be perfect for the coming warmer months. This sample is going into my handbag, and then the full size can stay at home for when I need it,.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm

Full size 400ml/ $37.95, Sample size 15ml/ $1.50 

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La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm is a lipid-replenishing body balm that offers 24 hours anti-scratching efficacy. It’s quick dress texture for fast absorption into the skin is adapted for babies and children.

I’m not completely sold on this – mostly because it took me a while to realise what it was actually for. It seems to be some sort of body balm, but thats as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve been using this like a body lotion, but if that’s all it’s then it’s a little pricey for that. I’ll stay on the fence for this I think,

Box value: $62.50.

Would buy full size: Lush Gorgeous Cream, Sinful Colours Nail Enamel, Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup, La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water,

On the fence: Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm

Would not buy full size: KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray, KMS California Free Shape Shampoo.

And we are done with the beauty boxes for this month! I’ll be sure to bring some new stuff shortly.

Overall, I really liked this box, there was a good mix of brands I have heard of and some I hadn’t, plus TWO full size products. I’m impressed.

If you liked the look of this box and would like to subscribe, head over to the Dark Beauty Makeup facebook page to get your code to receive $5 off your first box. I will disclose that when you use this code, I receive some money for it. Think of it as a way to support this awesome page and get some great goodies each month.

Battle of the Brands – Black Nail Polish Showdown!

Welcome to the first ever Battle of the Brands! Today we have 10 black nail polishes competing for your love, your money and the space in your beauty case. They will be judged on durability (ie. how long it takes for them to chip), initial application, size and cost!

All joking aside, black nail polish is a staple of every goth and fashionista. There are clearly so many options out there, so it’s hard to know what is worth your money. I picked 10 brands, mostly drugstore, to compare.  I got them from various sources, including Chemists, Kmart, The Reject Shop, but you can get them from pretty much anywhere that sells makeup

I tried to apply every single one with the same number of coats, with no base or top coat (so we can see how they stand on their own).

The Contenders:

BYS Nail Polish – Black Satin approx. $3/14ml225224

Sinful Colours Professional nail polish – Black on Black $4/15ml

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Maybelline Colour Show nail colour – Onyx Rush $5.95/7ml

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Designer Brands nail enamel – Blackest Black  $6.95/12ml

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Face of Australia Colour Pro Triple Action nail enamel – Scream $6.95/10ml

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis – Black Swan $6.95/5ml

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail colour – Black Out $7.95/8ml

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Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss – Black diamonds $7.95/11ml

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Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour – Black Out $7.95/11.8ml

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Revlon Colour Stay Longwear Nail Enamel – Stiletto $16.95/11.7ml

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I got hubby to pick these at random, so there was no favouritism with the placement on each of my fingers.

Left Hand 1 (LH1/Pinky) – L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis

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Left Hand 2 (LH2/Ring) – Revlon Colour Stay Longwear Nail Enamel

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Left Hand 3 (LH3/Middle) -Sinful Colours Professional nail polish

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Left Hand 4 (LH4/Index)- Face of Australia Colour Pro Triple Action nail enamel

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Left Hand 5 (LH5/Thumb) – Maybelline Colour Show nail colour

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Right Hand 1 (RH1/Thumb)- Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail colour

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Right Hand 2 (RH2/Index)- Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss

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Right Hand 3 (RH3/Middle) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour

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Right Hand 4 (RH4/Ring)  – BYS Nail Polish

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Right Hand 5 (RH5/Pinky) – Designer Brands nail enamel

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Scoring – out of 5

Application

LH1 : 5/5 – amazing, went on nicely, no excessive dripping

LH2: 4/5 – really good, looks like it could do with maybe one more coat, but apart from that ok

LH3: 3.5/5- pretty good. A little messy with application, again, could do with another coat

LH4: 2.5/5 –  not bad, kinda wishy washy application. definitely needs another coat.

LH5: 2/5 – not great, very thin application. needs at least 2 more coats.

RH1:  1.5/5 – poor – this came out so thin and streaky that I had to wait until it dried and applied an extra two coats. It claims to be “1 second” application, which I don’t feel like it lived up to here.

RH2: 3.5/5 – pretty good. I don’t think that an extra coat would help, it may just be a little sheer itself, and a tiny bit messy, but still ok.

RH3: 3.5 – pretty good. This looks slightly more matte than glossy, and was also a tiny bit messy, but still ok.

RH4: 4/5 – Very good – you totally would not realise this is considered a “cheapy” nail polish. Great application. The only downside was the drying time (mentioned later).

RH5: 2/5 – not bad – fairly wishy washy application. could do with another coat or two.

Drying time

Everyone gets a 5 out of 5 apart from the following two:

– RH 1: 4/5, took slightly longer than 60 seconds

– RH 4 : 4/5 was still tacky when all the others were already dried.

Durability (everyone starts with 5,  as chipping appears remove half a point)

LH1: 5

LH2: 3.5 – this is getting demoted so much because not only did it chip, but my nail broke! So while it doesn’t look too bad now, it did chip and break pretty badly.

LH3: 4

LH4:4

LH5: 4.5

RH1: 4

RH2: 4

RH3: 3

RH4: 2.5

RH5: 2.5

Price (everyone starts with a 5, plus 0.5 for every 10c under $1/ml, -0.5 for every 10c over $1/ml. Hope that makes sense!)

LH1: 3/10

LH2: 3/10

LH3: 8/10

LH4: 6.5/10

LH5: 6/10

RH1: 5/10

RH2: 6/10

RH3: 5/10

RH4:  9/10

RH5: 7/10

Here are the final result pics after 5 days of wear:

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Final Scores!

LH1: 18

LH2: 15

LH3: 21

LH4: 18

LH5: 17.5

RH1: 14.5

RH2: 18.5

RH3:  18

RH4: 19.5

RH5: 16.5

So they winner by the numbers is… Sinful Colours! However, I would like to declare L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis as my personal favourite – The only reason it didn’t win is because it’s a little pricey for such a small bottle – but you seriously don’t even have to use that much!

I am endorsing Sinful Colours and L’Oreal Paris as my winners, but as always, please make your own decisions when deciding to buy nail polish. I’m just here to give you some direction.

Vote below for your favourite guys! Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

The Pintester Movement!

Hey Beauty Babes!

Today I’m doing something a little different (hence this being posted on a different day) – I’m taking part in the Pintester Movement!

Basically, Sonja the Pintester  tests Pinterest Pins (if you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you may have been living under a rock!), and seems to fail at them a lot – but thats part of the fun!.

She had challenged   her Pintestes (hehe) to try and re-create one of the many pins that she had tested. Me being me, I chose something from her “Cocknails”  video series (she paints her nails whilst drinking cocktails – it makes sense).

Now I decided not to film this, so I just took pictures instead.

Here is my attempt at the cocktail:

Bubble Rum:

http://everydaydrinkers.com/2013/02/14/the-rum-bubble-cocktail-how-to/

Recipe:

  • 2 oz. light rum ( 2 shots/60ml)

  • 1.5 oz. triple sec (1.5 shots/45ml)

  • 1 dash aftershock cinnamon schnapps

  • 4 oz club soda

Ok, I looked at that list and went – what the hell is club soda?! Once I found out it was Soda water, I decided “screw that” and changed it to lemonade.

Also, it appears to be impossible to get Cinnamon Schnapps in this country, so I put in a dash of Cinnamon Whiskey that a friend had left in our fridge!.

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Now if you look at the recipe you will notice just how ridiculously alcoholic this thing is! I think my substitutions worked quite well!

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That darker looking one is just because of the whiskey behind it!

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So now that I’m nice and drunk, it’s on to the manicure!

Heres the link to the original: http://www.spektorsnails.com/2012/06/neon-straw-nails.html

For my version I used:

– Manicare French white nail polish (as my white matte decided to die)

–  Acrylic black paint

– Natio Nail polish in Valentine

– Straw (of course).

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First you apply the white base, and let it dry.

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Then you dip your straw into a little bit of the acrylic paint, and place it in your nails in some sort of a pattern

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After that has dried, repeat the process with the second colour (I chose the red as its a great contrast).

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Once that has dried, apply a top coat…006

And you are done!

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Oh so sexy isn’t it!

I encourage you guys to get out there and try and all those pinterest pins that you have been meaning to do since the day pinterest launch. Also, go on and check out the Pintester site – its good for a laugh!

Beauty Box Review – June 2013

Bella Box Review – June 2013

$15 per month bellabox.com.au

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I’ve been seeing heaps about these “subscription” boxes for ages. Basically, you pay a monthly or annual free, and they send you a sampling of beauty and skin care products. It’s perfect if you like trying out new things, or for beauty bloggers like me who like to have something new to review delivered to your door!

Here is a bit from the Bellabox website (note: everything in italics for the rest of this review has been sourced from Bellabox)

Bellabox is the beauty sampling concept to revolutionize the way Australian’s discover, trial and purchase beauty and lifestyle products.Each month, you’ll receive a premium selection of beauty and lifestyle samples that the bellabox team has sourced, tried and approved. We only obtain beauty products from well known, cult, boutique and emerging brands to deliver you the very best selection to try at your leisure, in the comfort of your own home.The women’s bellabox includes everything from skincare to makeup, nail polish, to the latest beauty trends, as well as perfume samples, hair treatments and leading organic products plus fun non-beauty extras. A range beauty choices are considered during compilation, such as skincare concerns, age appropriateness and product preferences

This is my very first box – I signed up half way through the month so I got the June box late  (like 2 days into July late! Thats the last time I have anything delivered to my home address).I’ll have the July one shortly so that review shouldn’t be too far away.

The items that you get depend on the answers to your beauty survey . They say you get 5-7 “surprise items” each month – well I got 8!

Here is what I got in this months box

emerginC Vitamin C and retinol mask. 50ml full size – $65. Sample size 3ml/ $3.90

ermginC mask

  • Gives skin a visible boost

  • Helps even out skin tone

  • Brightens complexion

  • Removes dead skin cells

This active, clay-based mask gives noticeable results from just one application. Containing potent concentrations of vitamin C, lemon juice, retinol and green tea, it rapidly removes dead skin cells and visibly improves skin tone, brightness and texture. Suitable for all skin types, except very sensitive. No animal ingredients or testing

I love clay masks. I have one that i regularly use, so its interesting to see how it compares to my $9.95 tube!

It’s a completely different consistency – much thinner than a normal mud mask (actually i’m not sure this is a mud mask, but lets just roll with it). It applies nicely, and when it dries it doesn’t feel heavy on your face. My skin felt great after it had washed off, and I think it did actually brighten my skin a little (but I’m also sick at the moment so not sure whether I can trust that).

If it wasn’t for the $65 price tag, I would seriously consider buying this!

Avene Micellar lotion 3 in 1 $32.95 200ml – sample size 25ml/ $4.10

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  • Removes every trace of makeup, no rinsing

  • Soothes and cleanses

  • Three-in-one benefits with only one step.

  • Hypoallergenic for sensitive skin

You can literally stop worrying about stocking up your medicine cabinet with separate face wash, toner and makeup remover. Using Micelle technology Avene has produced a three-in-one lotion that’s going to soothe irritated skin, remove every trace of makeup, and cleanse. It’s completely gentle, so even the most sensitive skin types can benefit! And what’s more, you don’t have to rinse it off, three products, one step. If only every part of your health regime was as quick as this

OK, this is an awesome product. It removes my eye makeup just as well as my makeup wipes, plus it also makes my skin feel amazing!

Considering that I would be replacing 3 different products (thus freeing up some room in my already cluttered bathroom), I would happily buy this.

This sample size that I received is perfect for travelling, as is good for quite a few uses – so you can imagine how many uses you would get out of a bottle nearly 10 times the size!

Lady Gaga Fame 100ml $110 – Sample size 1.2ml/$1.32

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  • First of its kind in fluid technology

  • Exudes a lustful floral fruity essence

  • Black fluid but invisible once airborne

Embrace Lady Gaga Fame, the sultry black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. Caution, its’ lustful floral fruity essence may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

I should probably say here: I got two samples for some reason, however I have only included one in the value price.

When I first tried this, I sprayed it too close to my wrist, and all I got was that awful cheap perfume smell. I waited a while, and then tried it on my other wrist MUCH further away, and you know what, it’s actually quiet nice. I let hubby smell it and he quite liked it as well. However, it is a little pricey for me. Maybe once I have saved up some reward points, I will purchase it.

Montagne Jeunesse passion peel off mask 10ml $3.99 – sample size 5ml/$1.95

Passion peel off

  • Contains powerful fruits and vitamins for a deep cleanse, and beautiful glow

  • Provides anti-oxidant protection

  • Skin is soft, nourished and ready for anything

  • Available at Priceline, Big W & selected pharmacies

When it comes to skincare, the restorative and nourishing benefits of nature’s flora cannot be understated. Every year science learns more about what the earth can do for our skin and modern gals are getting the chance to reap the benefits of ancient knowledge used by the likes of Cleopatra.

Case in point, this oh-so-refreshing peel off mask from Montagne Jeunesse. Their Passion Peel Off Mask will have you absolutely falling in love with your gorgeous skin. Pulped pomegranate, passion flower, Vitamin E, raspberry, grape and cranberry are combined for deep cleansing and anti-oxidant protection. Go ahead, have the glowing face of a queen courtesy of Montagne Jeunesse

I didn’t think this could get any smaller but it has. I’ve tried the full size one before and it wasn’t bad – but I hate the packaging. I prefer my masks in tubes, and I find it easier to apply. I’m on a bit of a mud-mask kick at the moment, so I probably wont find a use for this.

Toni and Guy hair meet wardrobe creative texturising glue 100ml $15.99 – Received full size

Toni and Guy

  • Allows you to create a look as interesting as you are!

  • Creates ultimate control over every strand.

  • Sculpt, fold, rough up your hair, texturising glue keeps it there!

  • Available at Coles, Woolworths, Priceline and Big W

Need to add a little attitude to your entire look? Want to gain an edge and show your personality at the office whilst still dressing conservatively? How about creating a style that’s as fierce as the outfit you’ve picked out for Saturday night? Whatever your reasons, TONI&GUY’s Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Texturising Glue is your go-to product for sculpting, perfecting and creating piecey, structured style with aplomb. It’s perfect for defining your fringe or creating a touch of androgyny and sex appeal to your layered locks!

I love the fact that I received a full size of this! This alone is worth the cost of the box. However, its not something I would use reguarly. It comes out as a white cream, and once it goes in your hair it certainly has the consistency of glue. I tend to stick more to hair spray for my needs, but I have a friend who this would be perfect for! So yes, I recommend it, but it’s not for me.

emerginC hyper-vitalizer cream 50ml $99 – sample size 3ml/ $5.95

ermginC cream

  • Suitable for all skin types, excellent for sensitive skin

  • Combines highly efficient ingredients for beautiful results

  • Shores up skin’s natural defenses and provides even tone

What do you get when you combine the awesome powers of alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and lutein? An amazing ultra hydrating, nourishing cream that gives a high charge boost to your cell’s natural processes while delivering anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

You get skin that’s radiant, healthy and totally revitalised. To keep away sun damage, to allow your skin to do its job at optimum levels and to have that firm, plump, even texture to your skin, it’s gotta be emerginC’s Hyper-Vitalizer Cream!

I think it might be because i’m sick, but my skin didn’t like this – it didn’t soak in properly. I don’t want to say that this isn’t a good product, just that because I am sick, I wasn’t able to use it effectively. So I will stay on the fence for this one for the moment.

Streetstar cosmetics lip gloss 7.4g $17.95 – received full size

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  • Long lasting and glossy lips with the perfect amount of sparkle

  • Special crushed pearl formula for texture and shine

  • Includes Vitamin E to nourish lips

StreetStar’s StreetGloss isn’t just any lip gloss. The Australian owned cosmetics brand created a crushed pearl formulation, delivering shine and sparkle that’s never too wet or sticky looking, and never dry. You might even say its texture is perfect.

And it has Vitamin E to not only keep your lips looking soft and supple but feeling soft and supple as well. What more could you ask for? How about a full suite of colours that will accommodate every mood and every skin tone? You’ve got it! Now, go be a Street Star.

Lip GlossLip gloss applicator

Yay another full size product! The packaging of this was so fancy! It had a brush style applicator that annoyed me when it was with the latest lime crime glosses, but seems to work quite well with this one. The shade is quite shimmery, and it feels great on. I also love the fact that this is an Australian Brand. There is a slight scent coming from the bottle, but it doesn’t seem to be overpowering once on the lips.

If they have a decent range of products, then yes i will certainly consider purchasing.

Lip gloss swatch

Natio nail colour $9.99 (but apparently was a bonus – full size)

Natio nail polishNail polish back

  • Long lasting, wearable nail colour

  • Fast drying, formaldehyde-free nail colour

  • Comes in a range of great colours!

Natio’s range of long lasting nail colours offers a complete palette of wearable, timeless and on-trend shades to suit every skin tone, style and occasion. The fast drying, chip resistant formula is free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Natio Valentine is a classic vibrant red, perfect for a feminine everyday manicure or night time glamour.

Couldn’t really try this as I’m currently in the process of a massive nail polish review, but from what I could tell it looks pretty good – you always need a nice red nail polish. I’ll try this (and maybe some other Natio colours) another time and review it properly, so lets just say for now i’m on the fence.

Would buy full size: Avene Micellar lotion 3 in 1, Streetstar cosmetics lip gloss

Would not buy full size: Toni and Guy hair meet wardrobe creative texturising glue, Montagne Jeunesse passion peel off mask

On the fence:  emerginC Vitamin C and retinol mask, Lady Gaga Fame, emerginC hyper-vitalizer cream

Overall impression of the box?

Loved it. There were a few things I could probably have done without, but overall it was great. Certainly got my moneys worth! I would recommend this box to anyone – they even have a guys and babys box.

Total value of box – $51.76 (not including nail polish or extra Lady gaga fame)